Blue Ridge Community and Technical College

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Veterans

Our mission is to provide personal and academic support to all veterans of the U.S. military wanting to begin or continue their college education. We offer guidance and support in the admissions and financial aid processes, along with providing a level of support that conveys our appreciation of your service to our country. We thank you!

Letter from President Checkovich

Click Here to Read a Message to Veteran’s from President Checkovich

GUIDE TO EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

Contacts

Office of Veteran Services: vetsource@blueridgectc.edu
Veteran Education Coordinator: Richard Seal, rseal@blueridgectc.edu
School Certifying Officials: Anna Crawford, acrawford@blueridgectc.edu,
Aaron Andrews, aandrews@blueridgectc.edu
WV State Tuition Assistance: kathy.l.kidd6.nfg@mail.mil
Federal Tuition Assistance: darin.e.cook.mil@mail.mil
Vocational Rehabilitation, Martinsburg VA Hospital: David.Wynn2@va.gov

Forms

BRCTC Veteran Education Verification Form: Veteran Education Benefits Certification Form
Change of Program or Place of Training: http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-22-1995-are.pdf
Notice of Basic Eligibility (1606/1607): http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/studentservices/veterans/repository/files/DD2384-1.pdf

Important Links

VA Educational Benefits: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
VA Benefits Comparison Tool: http://department-of-veterans-affairs.github.io/gi-bill-comparison-tool/
GI Bill Calculator: http://newgibill.org/calculator/
Overall Veterans Resource: http://www.military.com/
Tuition Assistance: TA for ReservesArmed Forces TA Program, CLEPS: https://clep.collegeboard.org/military
DANTES: http://www.dantes.doded.mil/
WV State VA Website: http://www.veterans.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx
Transcripts of Military Training: Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard (Separation date of 1985 or later): https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do
Air Force: http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/index.asp

Applying for Veteran Benefits

You must apply for VA Educational Benefits in order to receive them. To apply for Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty or Reserve Benefits under Chapters 30, 1606 and 1607, or the Post 9/11 GI Bill ®, please do the following: If you have any questions in regards to educational benefits, please contact vetsource@blueridgectc.edu or Richard Seal, Veteran Education Coordinator rseal@blueridgectc.edu

  • Complete the application for VA Education Benefits at: vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
  • Once this information is processed you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility in the mail from the VA Regional Processing Center located in St. Louis, MO.
  • Please provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility and your DD-214 to the VA Certifying Officials, who are located in the Financial Aid Office.
  • Provide all transcripts from your military training experience (transcripts
  • Once you are registered for classes, you will need to submit your enrollment verification form Veteran Education Benefits Certification Form to the Office of Veteran Education or Certifying Officials. This form is used to certify your credit hours with the VA and needs to be submitted every semester you use VA educational benefits.
  • At the end of each month (depending on which chapter of benefits) you will need to contact the VA to “Certify Your Attendance.” You can contact them in one of two ways:

Educational Benefits Available

Current military members, Veterans and dependents may be eligible for educational benefits through the Office of Veterans Affairs and through tuition assistance programs provided by the state of West Virginia. This guide will assist our students understand which chapter of benefits they qualify for. Please contact the Office of Veterans Affairs http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/contact_us.asp or email The Office of Veteran Education at Blue Ridge CTC vetsource@blueridgectc.edu for further details or questions in regards to eligibility and programs available.

Current Military Members to include National Guard or Reserve

Tuition Assistance is available for all active duty military members. More information on tuition assistance can be found Armed Forces TA Program

State Tuition Assistance for Guard members can be found www.wvguardtuition.com

Kathy Kidd, West Virginia representative for Guard TA. Her contact info is kathy.l.kidd6.nfg@mail.mil

  • Requests need to be submitted at least 60 days prior to the start of each semester
  • Grades need to be submitted after the completion of each semester

Federal Tuition Assistance for Reserve members can be found www.goarmyed.com

  • Requests need to be submitted 2 to 3 weeks before the start of each semester
  • Paper forms also need to be submitted (read instructions carefully)
  • Grades need to be submitted after the completion of each semester

VA Educational Benefits for current military and guard/reserves include

Chapter 1606/1607 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp

* The application processes and eligibility requirements for tuition assistance is separate and different from the application process for VA educational benefits. You could qualify and receive either or both.

*Federal TA and VA educational benefits may conflict and not be used in conjunction. Please contact vetsource@blueridgectc.edu for more information or questions.

Military Veterans and their dependents could qualify for various chapters of benefits provided by the Office of Veterans Affairs. Please visit the VA website for further information on each chapter and eligibility requirements.

Post 9-11 GI Bill ® (Chapter 33):

  • The Post 9/11 GI Bill ® will pay the tuition and fees directly to the school. Students attending school with greater than half time rate of pursuit will be given a monthly housing allowance based on the Zip Code of the school. Online only students will receive a housing allowance half of the national average. Every student receives annual book stipend of up to $1,000.

Montgomery GI Bill ® (Chapter 30):

  • The Montgomery GI Bill ® pays a flat rate per term /semester. The monthly rate is paid to the student and it is the student’s responsibility to pay the school for tuition/fees. There is no housing allowance or book stipend for students utilizing this chapter.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31):

  • If you have a service connected disability, you may be entitled to benefits under this program. Veterans will contact their VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and submit an application. It will be necessary to have a disability rating to participate in this program.
  • Once deemed entitled by Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and you are accepted to Blue Ridge, the VA counselor will send Blue Ridge an Authorization 1905 Form to certify your enrollment. Please provide your registration of classes to the VA Certifying Officials.

Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35):

  • This benefit is for spouses and children of 100% permanently and totally disabled veterans. This benefit pays a monthly amount directly to the student. The student must then pay the school for tuition/fees. There is no housing allowance or book stipend for students utilizing this chapter of benefits.

Decide which Chapter works best for you with the VA Comparison Tool

If you have used your GI Bill® at another institution or are changing majors under Active Duty and Reserve Benefits Chapters 30, 33, 1606 and 1607 :

  • Complete form 22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training.
  • Provide your “Certificate of Eligibility”, DD-214, your enrollment information, and the Benefits Certification Form to the VA Certifying Officials at Blue Ridge.

Residency

Blue Ridge Community Technical College policy allows Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel residing outside of West Virginia to be eligible for in-state tuition. Students should complete a residency petition, which can be retrieved by visiting the Welcome Desk on the Main Campus.

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